Chandra Bhushan

Chandra Bhushan is an environmentalist and a researcher, writer and campaigner for sustainable development. He was honoured with Ozone Award by the UN-Environment in 2017 for his contributions to climate change mitigation and ozone layer protection.

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Swachh Survekshan disappoints again, sweeping waste under the carpet a myopic approach

Sweeping waste under the carpet is a myopic waste management approach—sustained efforts are required, and it is this that the survekshan should rank in the future.

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Building common-sense

Multiple clearances are neither leading to the construction of environmentally sound buildings nor improving the environmental quality in urban areas

Garbage management: Is waste-to-energy plants a feasible option?

WTE plants have a role, but not in the way our planners are envisaging. They should be the last resort to manage high-calorific-value waste that cannot be managed by other technologies.

Meghalaya’s mining quandary: No rat-hole mine is environmentally sound and safe, ban it forever

There is no such thing as environmentally sound and safe rat-hole coal mining and hence this primitive practice must be banned forever.

India must implement environmental blueprint unveiled last year

The year 2018 was full of declarations. In the country, some major policies and programmes were launched to tackle issues ranging from air pollution to plastic pollution.

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The hits and misses of 2018: Govt tackling major environmental problems but there is much to worry about

The year laid down the governance blueprint for tackling some major environmental problems. But there was as much news to cheer as to worry about.

Explained: How the rulebook agreed at Katowice further dilutes the Paris Agreement

Countries are now on their own to mitigate, adapt as well as pay for the costs of climate impacts, but this cannot keep the rise below 2oC.

Explained: Why Paris Agreement can’t secure the world from climate change

These words were spoken nearly 100 years ago by the then US president Woodrow Wilson to describe his vision of a new world order after the first World War.

India in the firing line of antimicrobial resistance

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) was observed across the globe during November 12-18 2018.

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Moving beyond coal for green power: How to create an alternative economy using DMF funds in coal mining areas

The existing overcapacity, coupled with increasing non-competitiveness of coal power plants, means that the country doesn’t need to construct new coal power plants till 2027.

Rising air pollution: Lessons Delhi can learn from Chinese capital Beijing

Delhi faces the same challenge as Beijing did—what we lack is political willingness and public anger to force the govt to take hard action.

Saving the earth from disastrous climate change needs a Plan B. Here is what that could be

The world cannot afford warming of 2°C. To have a fighting chance to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the goal must be firmly fixed at 1.5°C

Pro-GM lobby is the biggest enemy of biotechnology – Here is why

The pro-gm lobby is pushing for a weak regulatory system for the quick introduction of GM foods in the market, hurting the growth of biotech in the long run.

biotechnology, gm crops

Garbage management is about fighting corruption

There is too much money in waste (mis)management. Proper waste management will mean less money for the corrupt and the criminals

What’s next for flood-devastated Kerala?

An estimated 25–30 trillion litres of water fell over the state, enough to cause floods even if Kerala’s ecosystem was in pristine condition

Why the credibility of FSSAI is key to promoting biotech in India

The food standard regulator has so far not assessed the safety of even one GM food and neither does it have a set procedure to assess safety.

Failing the mining-affected – How poor planning and implementation are leading to misplaced investments

DMF funds are being diverted for urban projects that have nothing to do with the priorities of mining-affected areas and communities.

The unacceptable logic of the markets

India is the fourth worst-affected country despite it contributing only 5% in causing climate change, while it is over 20% for the US and the EU.

What model does the Swachh Survekshan bat for?

The Survekshan ranks cities that do their waste management in a highly decentralised fashion poorly, despite their sustainable waste-management systems.

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It is time India too recognises its own Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl, considered one of the greatest man-made ecological disasters, was a period of severe dust storms that lasted nearly a decade, starting 1931, and engulfed large parts of the US.

Environment regulators to blame for Tuticorin killings – Explained here

In the last 20 years of its existence, the plant was found on numerous occasions to flout pollution norms with impunity and forego permit requirements.

Environment regulators, tuticorin killings, vedanta  Sterlite copper-smelter plant, TNPCB

Green responsibility order achieves little

The idea that MOEFCC'S corporate environmental responsibility order will cover firms that do not fall under csr or larr norms, is a fallacy.

csr, greenfield prosects, cst

Draft forest policy misses the wood for the trees

A truly effective forest policy for India must be based on facilitating community-managed forests. The Draft 2018 POLICY undermines this instead.

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The politics of samosa-versus-burger

By equating samosa with burger, industry wants to dilute the regulation on sale of junk food to children

There has been growing concern in India about childhood obesity and the rising incidence of diseases like hypertension and diabetes.

How India can end energy poverty by 2040

Renewable energy, efficient appliances & buildings, and low battery cost will fundamentally change the way we produce and consume energy.

wind energy, power energy, renewable energy, poverty, poverty in india

The Real Mainstream: Draft pesticide Bill not worth the paper it’s written on

The pesticide industry has frequently used SLAPP—Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation—to browbeat scientists and activists into silence.

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The Real Mainstream: Can the thermal power sector be trusted again?

In the heydays of ‘India Shining’ in 2003, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) had experimented with an alternate model to control pollution from industries.

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